The women’s flyweight bout was part of the preliminary card of today’s UFC 236 event at State Farm Arena in Atlanta. It streamed on UFC Fight Pass and ESPN+ ahead of additional prelims on ESPN and the main card on pay-per-view.
Mueller took the center to start the contest, and she pressure with punches while Botelho countered from the outside. Both women found their mark in an exciting opening series. Botelho then switched stances and fake a lead elbow before firing a bog kick to the body that saw Mueller noticeably wince. Botelho rushed forward to capitalize and wound up in the clinch before dragging the action to the canvas and setting up in her opponent’s half-guard.
Mueller scrambled underneath and tried to look for a way ip, but Botelho was heavy with her pressure and maintained the dominant spot while also scoring a few big elbows to the body. Mueller did eventually get to her feet, but Botelho maintained a bodylock and never let her opponent have any real space to work, and the round ended in the clinch.
The two set a quick pace to open the second, and after exchanging punches from range, the action again moved to the clinch. The position was a bit of a stalemate this time around, though Mueller was the one on the outside for most of the exchange. Botelho eventually pulled free and then changed levels, nailing a beautiful trip takedown and again setting up on top.
Mueller was able to scoot to the fence and work back to her feet, but Botelho again stayed tight to the body and refused to give her opponent any room to work. The crowd grew a bit restless, and the fighters were separated in the final minute. Mueller was again the more aggressive fighter on the feet, and she landed a few stiff punches before the bell.
Mueller was out quickly in the third, but Botelho again was also sharp with her counters. The fight moved back to the clinch rather quickly, and Botelho did her best to stay there with short knees inside. Botelho kept her arms locked around the body, but the two fighters were again brought back to the center of the cage just before the halfway mark of the frame.
On the restart, Botelho tried to drive forward for a takedown but was unable to do so. With the fight again in the clinch, the two fighters weren’t given as long of a leash before being reset again. Mueller came out firing on the restart, landing a few big punches and knees. Botelho fell back after having a kick stuffed, and Mueller rushed to get on top in the final minute. Mueller landed a few short strikes from the top, though she was clearly wary of her opponent’s submission game, as well, and she finished the fight in top position. In the end, Botelho’s early work earned her the win, 29-28 on all three judges’ cards.
With the result, Botelho rebounds from a November loss to Cynthia Calvillo. Mueller has now dropped back-to-back fights after winning the first five bouts of her pro career.
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Poliana Botelho def. Lauren Mueller via unanimous decision (29-28, 29-28, 29-28)
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Source: USA Today – MMA Junkie
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